Wherever possible, I like to try different bases for my makeup, especially in different seasons. Traditionally we tend to lean to toward lighter formulas in the summer that offer a more dewy look but I feel like it makes more sense to go for the opposite. In the winter, I want my dehydrated skin to glow with moisture and in the summer I want to tone down the shine that I get from the humid and hot weather.
This collection of foundations do a great job of just doing the job and doing it well. These are the best foundations that are in my collection and of them all I think the below provide the best formula for their given finish.
MAC’s is super shimmery and looks awesome for evenings in the summer. It highlights your tan for a stunning JLO glow. NARS’ Tinted Moisturizer is the best for sun protection and beach days where you want little makeup but still want to look good in photos.
Touche Eclat and Benefit both provide a gorgeous illuminated look which I love in the winter (though Benefit’s it’s a lot lighter than YSL – it just depends the type of consistency you like creamy vs liquid). Laura Mercier’s is thick with great coverage but I find that I can get quite greasy quite so it’s probably best for dry skin.
Mac Mineralize Satin Finish SPF 15
NARS – Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Yves Saint Laurent – Le Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19
Benefit – Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Liquid Foundation
Givenchy – Photo’ Perfection Fluid Foundation SPF 20
Laura Mercier – Silk Creme Foundation
Diorskin – Forever flawless Perfection Wear Makeup